Channing Dungey is Vice President, Original Series at Netflix. In her role, Dungey partners with Cindy Holland in setting strategic direction as well as in overseeing a large portion of Netflix’s slate, including some of the company’s overall deals with high-profile, prolific producers.
Prior to joining Netflix, Dungey served as President of ABC Entertainment, overseeing all development, programming, marketing and scheduling operations for ABC primetime and late-night. During her tenure at ABC, Dungey created a collaborative environment that supported visionary storytelling, and became a hub for talented and provocative producers to realize their vision. With this in mind, she shepherded in a wide variety of successful programming such as The Good Doctor, Roseanne and The Conners as well as the return of American Idol. Additionally, she helped reinvigorate long-running series, such as Grey’s Anatomy, which she worked on since its first season and has broken television records as the longest-running primetime medical drama.
Previously, Dungey was executive vice president, Drama Development, Movies & Miniseries, ABC Entertainment Group. In this position, she oversaw the development and production of all drama pilots, movies and miniseries, and the launch of new series for ABC Entertainment. Series she developed and launched include Scandal, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., How to Get Away with Murder, American Crime and Once Upon a Time. Prior, she was senior vice president, Drama Development, ABC Entertainment Group, since June 2009.
Dungey joined ABC Studios in 2004 as vice president, Drama Development, overseeing development and acquisition of drama programming for the studio. Her slate of programming included the award-winning and critically acclaimed ABC show Private Practice, CBS’s long-running drama Criminal Minds, the CW’s Reaper and Lifetime’s highest-rated series, Army Wives.
Dungey began her successful career in entertainment as a development assistant for Davis Entertainment at 20th Century Fox. She then became story editor at Steamroller Productions, Steven Seagal’s Warner Bros.-based company. She was later offered a job at the studio and served for five years as a Warner Bros. production executive, helping to develop and supervise a diverse range of commercially successful, critically acclaimed films, including Bridges of Madison County, Heat, Twister, Rosewood, Space Jam and Practical Magic.
Eager for new challenges, Dungey left the executive suite in the spring of 1998 to become senior vice president at Material, a film production company with a first-look deal at Warner Bros. She was named president in 2001. In January 2003, she partnered with Pamela Post, a producer formerly with Team Todd, and formed Dexterity Pictures. The production partnership was focused on making both studio and independent films, as well as developing television series. In the summer of 2004, a TV pitch meeting Dungey took with an ABC executive resulted in an offer to join the drama team at ABC Studios, then known as Touchstone Television.
Dungey, who graduated magna cum laude from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, has been a visiting professor at the school and serves on the school’s executive board. She is also a founding and current member of Step Up, a national nonprofit membership organization dedicated to helping girls living in under-resourced communities to fulfill their educational potential. Dungey is a Los Angeles member of BAFTA and serves on the Board of Governors of the Motion Picture Television Fund. Dungey also sits on the board of Children’s Institute, a non-profit agency working to transform the lives of children exposed to adversity and poverty in Los Angeles.